Lancaster and Waumbek Apartments

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Lancaster and Waumbek Apartments
Lancaster and Waumbek Apartments DEMOLISHED Detroit.jpg
Lot where the Lancaster and Waumbek Apartments once stood
Location 227-29 and 237-39 East Palmer Avenue
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°21′47″N 83°3′55″W / 42.36306°N 83.06528°W / 42.36306; -83.06528Coordinates: 42°21′47″N 83°3′55″W / 42.36306°N 83.06528°W / 42.36306; -83.06528
Built 1904
Architect Almon Clother Varney
Architectural style Tudor Revival
Demolished November 2005
NRHP Reference # 97000921[1]
Added to NRHP August 21, 1997

The Lancaster and Waumbek Apartments were small apartment buildings respectively located at 227-29 and 237-39 East Palmer Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. The apartments were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.[1] They were demolished in November 2005.[2]


The Lancaster and Waumbek Apartments were two small three-story apartment buildings of similar design located side-by-side on East Palmer.[3] Each building was constructed of brick trimmed with stone, and designed in a Tudor Revival style, although with slightly different detailing on the exterior. The façades featured projecting bays with a small light well in the middle.[3] On the interior, each floor was divided into two apartments of similar layout, featuring decorative plaster and woodwork.[3]


The two structures were well-designed examples of turn-of-the-century apartment houses in Detroit.[3] They were designed by the prolific Almon Clother Varney, a notable architect of apartment buildings in early 20th century Detroit.[3] These two buildings were once owned by one of Michigan's first suffragists, Sarah A. Sampson, who lived in the Lancaster with her husband from 1906 to 1919.[3]


  1. ^ a b Staff (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ The Year In Review: 2005 from
  3. ^ a b c d e f Lancaster and Waumbek Apartments from the state of Michigan